Learn about Royal Doulton History

The Doulton factory was established in 1815 in Lambeth, South London by John Doulton (1793 - 1873), who had previously been employed at the nearby Fulham Pottery. He initially had two partners, Martha Jones and John Watts, the former of who left the company in 1820, and the latter in 1854.

He began by producing practical and decorative stoneware, such as bottles and sewer pipes from his small pottery

John's son Henry (1820 - 1897) joined the company in 1835 and the production of stoneware items was expanded to include laboratory articles, sanitary ware and drainpipes, which were sold worldwide.

In the mid 1850s John Doulton began experimenting with a more decorative pottery items. Many glazes and decorative effects were developed including faience, impasto, silicon, carrara, marqueterie, chine, and rouge flambe.

From about 1860, Doulton began to revive earlier types of stoneware, such as copies of 18th-century vessels. The famous salt-glazed wares with blue decoration first appeared in 1862.

Through Henry Doulton, the pottery became associated with the Lambeth School of Art directed by John Sparkes from about 1866. more...
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A Dr Wall Worcester signed printed tea bowl and saucer, circa 1756-7, R. Hancock fecit, decorated to the duo with a Hancock print, 'The Garden Party', with a romantic couple and a surprised female onlooker, set amongst statuary and fountains with a

A Dr Wall Worcester printed classical Ruins dish, circa 1770, a scallop edged dish depicting 'The Temple of Jupiter' in purple, a Hancock print from an engraving by J.S Muller after Pannini about 1753, floral sprays and sprigs to the rim; unmarked,

A Royal Doulton vase decorated with sheep in an extensive landscape, signed J Hancock. Height 22.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'Sheep in Snow' vase, signed J. Hancock, 11 cm high

Hancock & Sons ‘;Daffodil’ jug vase, 22 cm high approx., & a matching smaller jug

Stevenson & Hancock, Derby loving cup handpainted flowers in apple green ground. Just over 7 cms high approx

A signed Doulton Burslem vase, 1891-1902 period, with signature of Hancock, probably Joseph, the ovoid vase with a petite waisted neck, with continuous decoration of red and white cattle in a subtle sage and olive toned landscape setting, signed to the bod

A pair of Royal Doulton plates, each painted Joseph Hancock, with cod within a gilt border Signed J Hancock. 23 cm diameter

An S. Hancock & Sons Titian Ware handpainted jug signed to base 'F.X. Abraham' 13 cm high

Derby Stevenson & Hancock allegorical 'Water' & 'Earth' figures each marked with red Crown over crossed swords with the Stevenson & Hancock mark over a D, & the name of each figure. Condition good, minor losses to the petals. Height 18.5 cm

A Dr Wall Worcester tankard, circa 1760, a simple cylindrical tankard with a strap handle, depicting a print by Hancock in puce colouring of a young man courting a milkmaid; typically unmarked. Provenance: With a paper label for the Albert & rose Laine col

An 18th century Worcester transfer decorated sweetmeat dish and a hexagonal small dish after Robert Hancock the shell shape dish with branch handle in relief, 'L'amour' pattern printed in monochrome, black line border to scalloped rim, unmarked and the hex

A pair of Royal Doulton spill vases by Joseph Hancock, circa 1910, each of campana form painted with reserves of a gentleman and lady at hunt on horseback with dogs in a landscape, 11.5 cm high, (2)

A Cobridge Stoneware impressed Autumn's Dawn design vase. Designed by Debbie Hancock. 27 cm high

Stevenson and Hancock Derby inkwell set, Imari pattern, late 19th century

Stevenson and Hancock Derby dish, Imari pattern, late 19th century

An impressive George Cartlidge designed vase, cylindrical form, rounding out at the shoulders. Tubelined decoration of thistles in purple, raspberry and turquoise on a black ground, from the Morrisware range by Hancock & Sons. Some chipping to base. Height

Three various porcelain vases, including Copenhagen; Aynsley; and Hancock Coronaware. Height 18 cm. (average)

A stoneware dinner service, Corona Ware, maker S Hancock & Sons Stoke on Trent England old Woodstock Rd

A Worcester tea bowl and saucer with the Hancock print in black of the milk Maids. Unmarked, circa 1765

Stevenson & Hancock, Derby loving cup, handpainted flowers in apple green ground. Just over 7 cm high

S. Hancock & Son Coronaware vase, Autumn handpainted, Molly Hancock

Hancock R, Very Rare 18th century View of The Waterfall of Niagara, A 'perspective view' of Niagara drawn by Hancock, by Robert Sayers' view published in London, circa 1751-1770, which in turn derived from the view of the falls first published in Louis Hen

A pair of Sampson Hancock floral urns, early 20th century', ovoid shaped with a broad flared rim and spreading foot, with fantastic creature scroll handles and decorated with a reserve of summer flowers upon an apple green ground, with gilt basketweave and

Hancock R, very rare 18th century View of the Waterfall of Niagara - a 'Perspective View' of Niagara drawn by Hancock, by Robert Sayers' view published in London, circa 1751-1770, which in turn derived from the view of the falls first published in Louis He

Hand painted Corona Ware vase 'Autumn' design by Molly Hancock. 18 cm high

Pair of S. Hancock & Sons Titian Ware vases mushroom shaped, designed by F.X. Abraham, 17 cm high approx

A superb Royal Doulton hand painted lidded urn by Frank Hancock (act. 1879 - 1913), ovoid shape raised on a slender stem from a circular spreading foot. Decorated with an encircling extensive rural landscape with sheep. Enriched with exquisite acid etched

A Royal Doulton vase hand-painted by Joseph Hancock (act. 1890 -1926), decorated with an encircling landscape with a woman fetching water, tapering conical shape with two gilded handles high to the sides. Signed. Impressed and printed factory marks. Regild

A Royal Doulton biscuit barrel decorated by Fred Hancock, square shape with swollen sides, each side decorated in blue and white with various birds after engravings by Hancock. Silver plated lid with recumbent lion finial. Chip under one foot. Height 17 cm

Coalport signed handpainted and gilded plate signed B Hancock. Approx 27 cm diameter

S. Hancock & Sons small comport hand painted with fruit, C:1920. Height 8 cm

S. Hancock & Sons rare 'Morris Ware' vase height 29 cm. C:1920

A Royal Doulton handled vase painted by Joseph Hancock.1900-1910. Baluster form with a flared mouth above the small neck and pair of pierced scroll handles at the shoulder, painted all over with a continuous scene of windmills in an open landscape before a

Royal Doulton, painted with continuous landscape and highland cattle signed J Hancock, stamped Royal Doulton, England, serial number Ra7656a. Height 31 cm

Derby Stevenson and Hancock period dish, signed W Jones with gilt rim decoration and flying geese motif. Length at longest 27 cm

A Doulton Burslem oval fish plate centrally painted with swimming fish within a gilt pink ground border signed Fred Hancock, 54 cm